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Excursus: Seeing the Finger of God: The Anthropomorphic Expectation

TitleExcursus: Seeing the Finger of God: The Anthropomorphic Expectation
Publication TypeExcerpt
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsGardner, Brant A.
Book TitleSecond Witness, Analytical & Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon: Volume 6: Fourth Nephi through Moroni
PublisherGreg Kofford Books
Place PublishedSalt Lake City
KeywordsAnthropomorphism; Brother of Jared; Faith; Godhood; Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ–Jehovah; Veil

Ether 3:6 records that, during the brother of Jared’s presentation of the stones to Yahweh, “the veil was taken from off the eyes of the brother of Jared, and he saw the finger of the Lord; and it was as the finger of a man, like unto flesh and blood.” The brother of Jared experienced an anthropomorphic God. The incident clearly surprised him, for “he was struck with fear,” but it was perhaps the seeing and not the finger that caused the fear.